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6 Tips to Manage Chronic Foot Pain
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Your feet withstand a lot of abuse, especially supporting the weight of your entire body day after day. Why not provide them with some support of their own? Get some relief from everyday foot pain with these six simple steps.

Oofos Oolala Thong Sandal

1. REST UP

If you’re in pain, this is step number one. Give your feet a chance to recover by avoiding high-impact activities. If you're a runner, be sure to take a two-week hiatus. Consider low-impact activities like swimming or biking instead. For footwear, try a pair designed to cushion sore joints and absorb shock like the Oofos OOlala Thong Sandal.

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Skechers Dlites Bright Sky Sneaker Clog

2. GET COMFORTABLE

Switch to a shoe with supportive features like arch support and shock absorption, while avoiding styles like heels that put pressure on the front of the foot leading to bunions or corns. Athletes, look for shoes designed for specific sports (e.g. running, cross-training and basketball) or particular foot ailments (like high arches or overpronation). Start with the Skechers D'Lites Sneaker Clog.

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Rockport World Tour Classic Walking Shoe

3. MEASURE OFTEN

Many factors weigh into shoe size, from pregnancy to weight gain. Experts recommend measuring your feet at least once a year. For accuracy, wait until the end of the day, measure to your longest toe, measure both feet and choose the larger of the two sizes. Finally, measure your width for optimum comfort. Need wide or extra wide? Try the Rockport World Tour Classic.

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4. LAYER IN CUSHIONING

Inserts and orthotics can make a world of difference when walking or standing for long periods of time. For over-pronation, find an orthotic with rear foot posting and longitudinal arch support. For plantar fasciitis, elevate your heel and reduce shock using a heel cradle or heel cup.

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Vionic Walker Shoe

5. STRETCH

For Plantar Fasciitis and Achilles Tendonitis, stand on the edge of a step and rest your weight on the balls of your feet. Bend your knees for 15 seconds, then straighten and repeat to strengthen calves and ankles. For Flat Feet, squeeze your bare foot as if you had a small marble under the ball of your foot to strengthen your arches. If you have the real thing, practice picking up a marble between your toes and ball of your foot, and then set them down again. For heel pain, try the Vionic Walker Shoe.

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Dansko Paisley Walking Shoe

6. STAY ACTIVE

After sufficient rest, it's important to get back to some level of physical activity. Be sure to do so gradually and take breaks in between to rest and stretch. If you're running or walking, you should only tack on an extra 10% in mileage per week, as a general rule. Lastly, avoid running on hard or uneven ground if you can. Ease into your routine with the Dansko Paisley Walking Shoe.

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